Cucumbers & a Heat Wave…

It’s been pretty hot here in the Atlanta area for the past two weeks.  The day time highs have been getting up into the mid 90s and over night lows have been in the mid and upper 70s. Way too hot for me! I haven’t been doing outdoorsy stuff as much as usual – just walking to the mailbox can make you break into a sweat!

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Out & About in the Garden

Before I share the photographs from my most recent house shoot I wanted to post some of what I’ve been photographing in the garden. Starting about an hour to an hour and a half before sunset the low angle of the sun filtering through the various types and colors of leaves is hard to resist. I’ve been doing most of this work hand-held because it’s so much easier to move from plant to plant and not have to constantly re-adjust my tripod.

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Another Spring Photo Collage

I’ve been getting more practice with my 105mm macro lens and the more I use it the more I love it.  We’ve had a lot of gray, overcast days here in the Atlanta area recently.  That’s not so great for people who want to get outside and enjoy the spring temperatures, but it’s great for macro photography! 

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Spring 2015 in Full Bloom!

Spring is finally here and I’ve been out in the garden quite a bit trying to document its arrival. The hyacinths have been and gone and the daffodils have already peaked, too. But the tulips just emerged in the past week and the dogwoods and azaleas will be opening up soon. The carpenter bees are zooming all over the place, too. I love that when the plants start to emerge in the spring I don’t have to go very to find photography subjects! In the above collage you’ll see a daffodil, daffodil stems, Nandina leaves, an iris, pink hyacinth petals and a holly fern getting ready to uncurl.

I Guess I’m Done Growing Peppers for the Year

October 5, 2012 Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

I’ve been growing green peppers since early in the summer but I think nature has decided for me that I’m done for the year. Over the past several months my pepper plant (while living in a large container on my driveway) has been visited by my friendly back yard deer a few times and had quite a few of its leaves nipped off. A few days ago I was getting into the car when I noticed that my pepper plant was…a bit sparse-looking. I immediately assumed that my deer had visited, but when I looked more closely I noticed that the leaves didn’t appear to have been nipped off. And then I saw the green guy above (pretty tight crop).

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Crocus Eyes Have Emerged

The Crocuses Are Awake!

February 1, 2012 Botanical, Gardening, Nature 0 Comments

I planted a bunch of crocus bulbs and some tulip bulbs at the end of December and the crocuses have already popped through! With the exception of a few days here and there this has been a really mild January for the Atlanta area. Not that our winters are usually that bad, but this year has definitely been abnormal. I have a feeling that we’re going to pay for this unseasonal warmth with some crazy cold March that will kill all the buds on the trees. This is the first time that I have planted bulbs in the ground (I planted some in a pot last spring that didn’t quite do what they were supposed to)…I’ll probably find out this spring just how many bunnies I have in my yard. I hear they like crocuses.